Rose Up

Rose Up

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This little red rose bud had a grand vision. She wanted to see the world from a higher perspective. Her goal was to elevate her thinking so she could see the bigger picture. However, she was afraid of heights. One day, while discussing her dream and describing her fear to her friends, they hatched a plan. They gathered a bunch of egg shells which they would use to slowly raise the rose bud higher and higher until she could see “it” all. On the first day, only one egg shell was used, and the rose bud felt safe and well protected inside. Each day, one more egg shell was added to the stack, and little by little her fear diminished. Finally, all of the egg shells were stacked and the rose bud sat fearlessly high above. “What does the world look like from your elevated perspective?” her friends asked. “Oh,” she replied, “it is amazing. I see how a little help and encouragement from others can make all the difference in how we see the world.”

Live LIfe

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How many of us really live life? More often than not, we tend to fear it, try to control it, try to figure it out, or try to run and hide from it. So, what does it mean to really LIVE life? The three trinkets and the sand filled egg shells may provide some clues. The cracked open eggshells remind us to keep our minds open and receptive to new ways of thinking so we can uncover the truth about who we really are. The sand represents the unlimited good and infinite possibilities available to us for creating the life of our dreams. The green heart reminds us of our true nature, which is divine love seeking to express itself through us and as us. The spiral of the shell reminds us that all we seek can only be found within, so we need to keep moving deeper and deeper inside. The fish represents the ocean, the symbol of our oneness with all that is. We are like a drop of ocean water; although we are not the whole ocean, we are nonetheless 100% pure ocean. So, in an egg shell, if we really want to embrace and live life, we can begin by keeping an open mind, believing in the infinite possibilities to create our own lives, acknowledge our divine nature as an expression of love, look within for that which we seek, and remember our oneness with the divine and with each other. So, what do you say, let’s get crackin’ and start really livin’!

Looking Out There

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What are you looking for, little bug: acceptance, love, peace, fulfillment, prosperity, happiness? Oh… all of them, you say? Wow, that seems like a lot of work. Are they out there somewhere?   How long have you been searching for them, and how on earth will you ever find them? And if you are lucky enough to find them, how will you hold on to them? I don’t know, but that seems like an overwhelming task you’ve undertaken. What is that, you say? You can’t rest until you find them? Can I let you in on a little secret? What you are looking for is not “out there” because everything “out there” has been created by something “in here” (pointing to head). Instead of looking out there for your heart’s desire, look in here (pointing to heart) and you will find exactly what you have been looking for. So, what are you searching for?

The Balancing Act

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At times, life can feel like a delicate balancing act. We have several fragile areas in our life that we are trying to keep steady and stable, with each one gently poised against another. Accompanying this is often an underlying fear that if one eggshell topples over, all the others will tumble over as well, creating a terrible mess. We know that if those beads were to spill out and get mixed up, it would take us forever to sort them all out again. In addition, there would be the embarrassment of having others see our mess and thinking how inadequate we are because we can’t even manage our own lives. So what do we do? Join the circus to improve our balancing skills? No, I say we hand the whole thing over to God, and let Him be the balancing force. Of course, we do our part to the best of our ability, and if there are a few spills, it must mean that some re-shifting is necessary to create more harmony and balance in our lives.

Egg Flower Bouquet

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In our neighborhood, it always has been that nobody wants to have anything to do with a bunch of broken egg shells. It is believed that their only purpose is to protect the chick or egg, and once this is done, they are no longer needed or wanted. Because they are considered useless, no one gives these egg shells a second thought as they toss them in the trash and forget about them. Who would ever dream that egg shells could be useful for anything else? But the truth is that egg shells dream of being useful far beyond their chick or egg-carrying days. They see themselves as vessels, made to hold and protect anything that is placed inside them. This Egg Flower Bouquet is one egg shell’s beautiful dream. Maybe one day, there will come a time in our neighborhood when we will no longer judge the value or usefulness of another, and instead open our imagination to see the unlimited possibilities that exist in all things.

What You See is What You Get

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Whenever I hear this saying, I immediately think of a used car salesman. I admit, I do have a stereotype in mind; a middle aged man with a bit of a pot belly, a smudge of jelly donut on his chin, and a little too much Brill Cream in his hair. I see myself standing next to him in front of a cute sports car with a very tempting price tag. When I ask him about the condition of the engine, he says, “What you see is what you get.” My problem is, I know exactly what I want to get, and so, that is exactly what I see… a really cute sports car.

What we choose to see or want to see, is indeed, what we will get. So, if you don’t like what you got, it might be a good idea to take a look at what you wanted to see. Then, instead of being dissatisfied with what you’ve got, you can choose to see it differently. I may not be totally pleased with the way my little sports car runs, but I love the way it looks in my garage!

I Rock

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When I was younger, I was perfectly content just being a rock. I didn’t know any “better.” But then I learned that not everyone felt that way. I realized there were certain standards one needed to live up to or have to be good enough. That’s when I learned about the other types of rocks. I came to understand that it was better to be a diamond, ruby, or even an amethyst because they were noticed, sought after, valued, and admired. In fact, people paid money for them. I also found out that it was better to be smooth and shiny instead of rough, cracked, and irregular. So, needless to say, I spent my life trying to be better. Icompared myself with others, and I analyzed, criticized, and judged myself. I believed that if I could make myself good enough, I would once again be content with myself. However, after years and years of hard work, contentment continued to elude me. I noticed, too, that many others who did seem to measure up weren’t content either. At this point, I began to question this premise. Is it really true that we need to measure up to certain standards or ideals to be content with ourselves? How could it be that I could be perfectly content being a rock one minute, and in the next, feel so inadequate and insignificant? I am still the same rock, nothing has changed…. Except my belief! That’s all! So, now, instead of trying to change myself, all I need to do is change my belief back to the one I had before…. when I didn’t know any “better”.

Nice But Not Necessary

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What are the things you think you need to be happy? Do you have a list? Perhaps it’s time to take a closer look at each item on your list and see if it is really necessary, like water, or just nice, like a glob of whipped cream on top of a mug of hot chocolate. I know that some of the items on your list will be a tough call and your ego will insist that every item is necessary. But that isn’t true.

What if your happiness, peace, fulfillment, etc., was never dependent on the attainment of these “things”? What if it is really the result of being free of them, or at least free of most of them? Take some time to examine your list and see how many items you can move from the Necessary List to the Nice List. Now, don’t you feel freer? Even happier? So, the next time your ego tells you that you need some “thing” or condition to be fulfilled, happy, safe, etc., stop and ask yourself…. “What about this?” I believe you will be surprised by how many times your answer will be…. “Nice, but not necessary.”

Imagine That

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Sometimes we forget how important our imagination is.  When you think about it, nothing was ever created that wasn’t first imagined.  Our imagination is central to all that has been or ever will be created.  It is the starting point from which the unseen becomes the seen.  What we can imagine can be made manifest.  And what makes this even more exciting is there are no limits.  When we imagine big things, then big things become possible.  And when they are not imagined, then they are not possible.  It is that straightforward, that black and white.  All creation starts with imagination, so let’s think big.  And remember… when we open up our minds to hatch a new idea, and engage our imagination, our dreams take flight.

Looking Deep Within

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It takes a lot of courage to look deep within. Who knows what lurks hidden within our minds and hearts?  More often than not, we are reluctant to travel there because we are afraid of what we might find.   Maybe we’ll discover how inadequate or how unlovable we really are.  However, this little jeweled bug is here to encourage us.  He’s not afraid to look deep within because he knows that is where all the good stuff is.  So take heart, fellow traveler, and dive in.  You will be pleasantly surprised and maybe even a bit amused when you see all the good stuff hidden deep within you.

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